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Blind Individual and Surviving Spouse Tax Exemption or Refund

As defined in Section 11-2-106 of the Baltimore County Code, State law exempts $15,000 of a property's assessed value from the real property tax obligations of a blind individual or that person's surviving spouse.

The law also provides that a blind individual may be eligible for a refund of the property taxes paid in the taxable years in which an exemption was authorized but not granted. The refund is retroactive for up to three years.

Apply for an Exemption

Obtain an application for exemption (PDF) from the State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) and file it with that agency. For more information, call SDAT at 410-512-4900.

Apply for a Refund

To secure a refund, you must first file for and receive an exemption from SDAT, as described above. Then, forward a copy of the approved exemption to the Baltimore County Council along with a letter requesting that a refund be awarded.

Send your refund request to:
Baltimore County Council
400 Washington Avenue, Room 205
Towson, Maryland 21204


A person who receives this tax relief can not receive the same relief under the Disabled Veteran or Surviving Spouse Tax Exemption.

Revised September 5, 2018         


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